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Slideshow: Meet Clare’s All-Ireland U21 final team
Here is the side’s starting XV ahead of their clash with Kilkenny at Thurles.
Ronan Taaffe (Tubber)Taaffe was between the posts in 2010 when Clare fell short at the final stage in the All-Ireland minor championship. A nephew of Clare's 1995 All-Ireland winning goalscoring hero Eamonn, he has only conceded one goal to date in Clare's three matches in the U21 campaign this season.
Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)The captain of the Clare minor team in that All-Ireland decider against Kilkenny two years ago, Flanagan was corner-back on the Clare intermediate side that reached the Munster final in July. A member of the UL panel that reached this year's Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final.
David McInerney (Tulla)Only came on as as substitute in that minor decider two years ago in Croke Park, but McInerney has progressed splendidly since then. Has made the full-back spot his own for the Clare intermediate and U21 hurling sides this summer.
Killian Ryan (Ruan)From intermediate club Ruan, the home of former Banner attacking great and All-Ireland U21 winning coach Cyril Lyons, Ryan has nailed down a spot in the Clare defence this season. Has developed well despite not featuring for the county minor outfit in 2010.
Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)A wonderful defensive talent, Morey caught the eye over the past two seasons as he won Munster minor medals with Clare. Stepped up to make his senior championship debut this year when coming on against Waterford before starting in the All-Ireland qualifiers against Dublin and Limerick.
Conor Ryan (Cratloe)Part of a strong Cratloe contingent in the squad, Ryan has been spearheading the defensive challenge at centre-back this year having lined out at midfield at U21 level in 2011. Also lined out for the county U21 footballers in the Munster championship this year.
Patrick O'Connor (Tubber)One of two survivors, along with Conor McGrath, from Clare's 2009 All-Ireland U21 winning team. O'Connor came on as a substitute in that final victory and is now an established senior defender. Featured for Cork IT in this year's Fitzgibbon Cup final against UCC.
Colm Galvin (Clonlara)Having showcased his credentials at minor level in recent seasons, the diminutive Galvin graduated successfully to the senior stage this year. Made his championship debut in the qualifiers against Dublin and then shot 0-3 in Clare's loss to Limerick in Semple Stadium.
Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)Golden, part of this year's UL Fitzgibbon Cup panel, has struck up an excellent midfield partnership with Galvin during Clare's U21 campaign. Lined out for the Sixmilebridge team that lost last October's Clare SHC decider against Crusheen.
Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones)The son of respected hurling coach Alan, who was involved with Offaly this year, Aaron is another player to make the jump to senior hurling championship action this year. Has Munster medals at minor (2) and U21 (1) to his name.
Padraic Collins (Cratloe)Will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his brother Sean who won an All-Ireland medal at this grade with Clare in 2009. Padraic is a talented footballer as well featuring for the Clare U21 side, who were managed by his father Colm, and the senior side earlier this year. The UL student made his senior hurling debut in the Munster semi-final against Waterford last June.
Tony Kelly (Ballyea)Kelly, man of the match in this year's Munster U21 final when he struck 0-7 against Tipperary, is an outstanding talent. Fired home goals for the Clare senior side in their meetings with Dublin and Limerick this year in his debut campaign at that level, and also contributed a stunning haul of 0-14 when St Flannan's lost to Ardscoil Rís in the 2011 Dr Harty Cup semi-final.
Cathal O'Connell (Clonlara)Another player whose older brother won a medal at this grade in 2009 with Nicky centre-back in that Clare team. Cathal has notched 0-20 for the U21's this season, was also the scoring star for the Clare intermediate team this year and played for Limerick IT in last spring's Fitzgibbon Cup.
Conor McGrath (Cratloe)The captain and leading light in the Clare attack, McGrath came on as a substitute for the county in the 2009 All-Ireland U21 final. Burst to prominence later that year when he fired 2-1 as Cratloe won a historic first Clare SHC title and has since shone for the Clare senior and U21 teams, as well as the UL Fitzgibbon Cup side.
Cathal McInerneyAnother Cratloe attacker and another player with dual star credentials as he featured for Clare in the Munster U21FC earlier this year. McInerney made his senior championship debut for the county in 2011 against Tipperary, and broke into the U21 team for the recent All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Antrim.
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